Here’s the Mets’ lineup tonight at Cincinnati with R.A. Dickey on the mound:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Jason Pridie, CF
R.A. Dickey, RP
COMMENTS: No surprises. Terry Collins once floated the idea of batting Bay second behind Reyes with the hope of seeing more fastballs, but nothing became of it. Bay is still mired in the sixth spot in the order where he continues to struggle.
On this day in 1966, former Mets and Yankees manager Casey Stengel was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Stengel was an original and his estate has made his life a cottage industry.
To learn more about the man, the player and the manager, please read on.
And, to laugh about the legend that is Stengel, browse through some of his more memorable quotes.
CASEY STENGEL STATS
Carlos Beltran prefers a trade to a National League team because he’s not cool on the idea of being a designated hitter, but reportedly he’s willing to accept a deal to the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Francisco are also in the mix.
The favorite to land Beltran depends on who you listen to and when. Since the Mets are talking with the Phillies and Braves, there are apparently no reservations in dealing within the NL East. Their thinking is since they won’t win this season, it doesn’t matter if the Phillies or Braves win if the Mets can gain a cornerstone player for several years in exchange for a two-month rental.
On this date in 1969 at the All-Star Game in Washington, Cleon Jones had two hits and Jerry Koosman pitched 1.2 scoreless innings as the National League won, 9-3.
The game took place three days after Apollo 11 and featured 22 Hall of Famers, including seven members of the 500 Home Run fraternity.
Noteworthy to this game was when it was postponed a day because of rain, American League starter Denny McLain returned to Detroit for a dentist appointment and showed up late the next day. By the time McLain showed up, the American League trailed 8-2.
A new poll has been posted asking if you’re resigned yourself to what looks like the inevitable trade of Carlos Beltran. Take time to vote and post your thoughts. Thanks